MA Hockey Ices the Competition
by The Milton Measure on Friday, March 8th, 2013
Every year, Milton Academy students storm the hockey rink in hopes of reliving some of the glory experienced in the boys team 2011 NESPAC Championship. This year, like the previous two years, the boys and girls hockey teams had their ups and downs. Both, however, worked hard to overcome their obstacles and to achieve success.
Boys’ Varsity came into the season with experience on their side, since most of the team was comprised of returning players. The team also received valuable contributions from 5 new players recruited by Coach Paul Cannata, including star defenseman Alex Mann (II). The team started off strong with 4 straight wins to open the season.
After placing a disappointing fourth in the Flood Marr Tournament, the team was able to bounce back and start off the New Year by capturing their fourth Tabor Tournament Championship over the holiday break, in a span of 5 years. Led by seniors Jake Farabee, Anthony Sabitsky, and Jonah Dwyer, the team cruised on through the second half of the season, knocking off St. Paul’s twice, as well as the eventual ISL Champions, Belmont Hill. Boys Varsity finished the season with a 13-9-5 record and with a play-off berth in the New England Tournament, where they fell to a powerhouse Exeter team in the quarterfinals.
Girls Varsity started off the year afresh. The team welcomed its new Head Coach, Ryan Stone, as well as a core new of players. This year was a rebuilding year for the Lady Mustangs, as they struggled early on and could not find the winning groove until late into the season. The Girls Varsity team is optimistic for the future as juniors Maura Noone and Kaitlin Gately will continue to make big contributions. Although the Mustangs will be graduating a few seniors this year, they will hopefully receive several recruits to add depth to this improving the team. Look for the Girls Varsity hockey team to have a strong performance next year.
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